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I know I know, this post should have been done a LONG time ago, but I have a full time gig now!

Baby boy N was born over 5 months ago. We converted our spare/junk room into a nursery for the little one.

A reminder of what the room was like before (previous owner):

We didn’t do much with the room when we moved in, just new carpet and a lick of neutral wall paint (hog bristle 1/2).

We want the nursery to be fun, bright, practical and easily updatable.  I want to keep it gender neutral for now – I’m sure N will demand for Thomas the Tank Engine etc when he’s older!

Well here’s the result.  Starting with the door.

Little Prince Sleeping

Little Prince Sleeping

This is the view as you walk into the room – the cot is right in front and the change table is in the corner.

Cot and change table

We chose wall stickers as the decoration because they are (relatively) easy to apply and they can be removed without damaging the walls.

The stickers are from Decofun and the collection is called “The Animal Farm”.  “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” turns out ot be one of N’s favourite nursery rhymes so I think this theme is a good choice.

The bigger stickers came in a pack of 40.


You can tell from the photo that the bigger stickers have not been stuck on properly yet.  They are stuck onto the wall by Blu-tac.  J, my brother and I played around with the configurations a few weeks ago and we want to leave them on for a while before applying them for good.  I don’t know, the stickers on that wall looked a bit too orderly, I think we need to move them slightly.

N in cot

And N makes an appearance!

The cot is called Renaissance by Bertini.  Apparently it’s a copy of a more expensive Boori cot.  It’s nice and simple, with an adjustable side rail and it can be converted into a toddler bed.  It comes in a walnut colour as well but we prefer white.  I’m not a fan of dark coloured furniture (especially for kids), plus it’s easier to colour match. 😉

Here’s a closer look of the cot, with Sunny the Polar Bear as our model.

Sunny catching a nap

Sunny catching a nap

It’s winter so we’re using flannelette sheets from Living Textiles.  Instead of a pillow (which babies don’t need) we use a towel to catch N’s dribbles so we don’t have to change the sheets all the time.

There are “nursery collections” with cot bumpers and valance etc, but they’re not my cup of tea.  Plus I have enough washings to do already!

The change table is called Hensvik from good old Ikea.  It’s the only change table I’ve seen with shelves on top which is a handy feature.  And it converts into a bookshelf when the change table is no longer required.

Change table

We stuck some sticker on the back of the shelf so the border appears to be continuous but it’s not.

The chest of drawers is from Ikea too (Malm).  On top of the drawers are part of N’s soft toy collection, a small cross stitch (it says “A Star is Born“), and a night light from Bunnings of all places.  We put a low voltage bulb inside and the shell is frosted so it gives out soft light.

Wall stickers

I think the wall stickers on this side looks better but I’m not 100% sure yet.

Below is one of N’s favourite toys – the musical mobile.  It’s from Kids Line’s Zanzibar collection.  He loves watching it going around and around.  It’s my handy baby sitter. 🙂  I even named all the animals – Ellie the elephant, Gillian the giraffe, Zac the zebra, Mark/Mike the monkey (I can’t make up my mind) and Craig the crocodile in the middle.


One thing we didn’t buy is a proper chair for feeding.  It would have been handy when N was smaller.  Instead I used a simple fold-up chair with a footrest.  They do an OK job I guess.

Feeding chair

For a full view of the room, check out the video.

We’re pretty happy with it.  What do you think?


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Games games games


Another long wait for a post, right?  Unfortunately I’ve been unwell for a while, I’m still not 100% but I’m feeling much better at the moment.

What does the title of this blog has to do with home renovation? Not much really, except right now J is playing a game (Civilisation Revolution something, it’s lost on me) via the newly (at least to this blog) installed projector.

We have the projector for a while but didn’t get around to installing it.  We were a bit concerned about the projector stand intruding too much against the red feature wall.

However, upon seeing a $25 wall bracket at Ikea, we took the plunge.  J played handyman and we’re very happy with the result.

And this is what the end result looks like.

Just for reference, the TV at the bottom of the picture has a 68cm screen.  We haven’t measured it but my guess is that the projected image is close to 2m diagonally – take that plasma and LCD TVs!

And talking about games, I was just playing this really silly game on the net, hope you enjoy it too!


Next items on our home shopping list … baby furniture 😛

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I was searching online for storage ideas and came across a blog called IKEA hacker.

In short, they are creations from people who use items from IKEA as a base to create unique furniture and storage solutions.

They voted on last year’s best “IKEA hack” and this is the winner’s creation.

Pretty ingenious, isn’t it?

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